This September, six families in Fort Worth enjoyed a special experience by welcoming into their homes high school exchange students from Germany, Spain, Australia, Thailand, and Brazil. These volunteer host families are participating in the SHARE! Student Exchange Program for the 2015-2016 school year. And these international exchange students are eager to learn how Americans live.

I am prompted to write an expression of enormous gratitude to the host families, the high schools and community. As the Regional Director for this program, I have helped local coordinators find the host families and helped them select a student who best fits their family. Local coordinators and our regional office staff will supervise and monitor our families and exchange students throughout their stay.

There are now several outstanding candidates awaiting host families for the 2016 spring semester. If anyone has thought about hosting, now is an excellent time to start. Please contact me as soon as possible. This is a great opportunity to SHARE! your heart and home with the rest of the world.

My thanks to the host families, their teachers and high schools, and the members of the community for extending such a warm welcome to these exchange students who have chosen to travel thousands of miles away from family and friends to learn about our unique American culture. The students will always remember the welcome that they received from the people in Fort Worth.

Yvette Coffman

SHARE! Southwest Regional Director

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